" With concerns about student debt mounting and the value of traditional, four-year degrees up for
debate, the role of community colleges is expanding.
Driving the news: A 2022 WalletHub analysis of community colleges across the country found that Washington's
system was the fourth best overall.
Background: The pandemic exacerbated an existing trend of declining undergraduate enrollment
in four-year programs, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
The bottom line: The authors of "Recognizing Promise: The Role of Community Colleges in a Post Pandemic World. Great
Debates in Higher Education" say it's time to erase the idea that community colleges are inferior to four-year
This newsletter was published originally by Axios and edited by Gigi Sukin and copy
edited by Elizabeth Black.